Mommy & Me

    15 months - 2 years

    Mommy & Me classes will give our tiniest dancers a fun introduction to music & movement with their parent/caregiver beside them to help them gain confidence. The children & their parent or caregiver will participate in fun songs & dances and use a variety of age-appropriate props while helping to develop gross motor, cognitive, and social skills. Throughout the season, the program will aim to evolve from full parent/caregiver participation in the fall to gradually move to children dancing independently with parent/caregiver watching as they become comfortable. There are no expectations to enter the program - just that everyone has fun sharing this experience together!

    Starting them out young helps tremendously in the independent transition in years to follow!

    Miss Jamie, who runs our toddler program has 20 years of experience working with this age group and holds a Child Development Associate with a focus on infant/toddler development.

    Creative Movement

    2 year olds

    This is a great way to introduce dance to your child! Through the use of props and music, we introduce the fundamentals of creative movement. Our 2 year olds do perform in our June recital!

    Combo Tots Level I-II

    (Ages 3-5: dancers who turn 5 by Nov 1 will not be in combo classes.

    A David DeMarie specialty! Students will learn the fundamentals of ballet, tap and jazz while strengthening motor skills and improving coordination. Your child will develop a familiarity with various rhythmic and movement patterns and will participate in fun and engaging creative movement activities. This program is lead by one of our faculty with certification in early childhood education. Our Tot's will perform a song and tap dance in our annual recital!


    Ages 5 & up

    Tap is a popular subject at all ages. In tap class, not only do you listen to fun music, you also make sounds and rhythms with your feet! By nature, tap is great for developing musicality and a sense of rhythm. Tap will also improve neuro-muscular coordination. At David DeMarie we offer levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your tap shoes!


    Ages 5 & up

    Jazz is a fun, high-energy form of dance. Jazz is an ever-evolving dance form highly influenced by jazz dance pioneers like Luigi, Phil Black, and then further developed by Gus Giordano. Jazz dance was originally and remains to be heavily influenced by ballet technique and personal style. Students will warm up and take part in exercises that will improve their locomotor skills and overall technique by learning and practicing combinations of steps, jumps, kicks, turns and isolations.


    Ages 6 & up

    Ballet is an integral part of any dancers training whether you're learning the basics or looking to refine your technique. Students will build a technical foundation that will support them in every other genre of dance. This classical technique emphasizes grace and poise; traits that will benefit them for a lifetime.


    Ages 5 & up

    Acro class is a great opportunity to build strength, flexibility and athleticism and is often a student favorite. Over the course of the year, students will practice a variety of exciting acrobatic skills on mats and on the floor. Students will display the tricks they've mastered in a recital routine starting at level II.

    Musical Theatre

    Ages 8 & up

    This "production" style class is offered for ages 8+. Classic Broadway music is combined with choreography to create a truly theatrical experience.


    Ages 9 & up

    Contemporary dance is often seen on popular tv shows and is a mixture of ballet, modern and jazz dance. Contemporary is an expressive and stylistic genre. Dancers will learn transitions, patterns and floor work; all to be displayed in a recital routine to perform at the end of the year! This is a great class for students looking to progress in their dance training. We strongly recommend that students be enrolled in ballet or jazz class.

    Hip Hop

    Ages 7 & up

    Hip Hop has become a very prominent and respected style in the dance world. You see it everywhere from concerts and music videos to television commercials. Hip Hop is a lively and energetic class for all ages!


    Ages 6 & up

    High energy jazz/hip hop & acro all rolled into a one hour class. Enhancing their creative side, confidence and physical activity in a FUN and energetic environment.

    Tuition and Fees

    Classes begin Monday, September 12, 2022

    Tuition is based on a course fee and not by individual classes, weeks or months. This fee is broken down into nine equal installments for the convenience of budgeting. All fees below are based on a family rate and not by each individual student. All TUITIONS AND FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.

    All vacations and holidays have been taken into consideration.
    The fees listed below are effective as of May 1, 2022. Subject to change without notice.

    Classes (Per Family)Season Course Fee9 Monthly Installments (September – May)
    1 class weekly$450$50
    2 classes weekly$810$90
    3 classes weekly$1,170$130
    4 classes weekly$1,485$165
    5 classes weekly$1,755$195
    6 classes weekly$2,025$225
    7 classes weekly$2,295$255
    8 classes weekly$2,565$285
    9 classes weekly$2,835$315
    10 classes weekly$3,105$345

    Unlimited classes: Beyond ten hours, tuition increases $20 per month for each additional class up to the FAMILY maximum of $425/month
    • All tuition, costume and fees may be paid in the form of credit card, cash or check. Online payments are accepted with a 2.9% convenience fee applied.
    • There are no refunds if the Studio closes due to inclement weather. Closings will be posted on social media, emailed to account holders, as well as on WGRZ, WKBW, and WIVB TV stations/websites..
    • If Tuition falls behind more than two months, students will not be able to participate in classes until accounts are current.
    • Make-up lessons will be provided at the discretion of the Teachers if deemed necessary.
    • Tuition installments are due by the 1st of each month. After the 14th of each month a $10.00 late fee will be applied.
    • There is a $35.00 service charge on all returned checks.
    • After 1 returned check, all accounts must be paid in cash or credit.
    • There are no refunds on missed classes whatsoever.
    • Yearly tuition paid in full by Sept 30, 2022 will be given a 5% discount if paid by cash or check.

    REGISTRATION FEE (Due upon registration)
    Single Student: $30.00
    Per Family: $50.00

    This fee includes registration to the school, and all Studio Newsletters and e-mails throughout the season.

    INSURANCE FEE (Due upon registration)

    Per Student $10

    This insurance covers the student for any accident occurring while at the Studio beyond your own family's primary insurance carrier.


    Per Family: $75.00

    This fee covers all rehearsal and performance(s) at the University of Buffalo's Center for the Arts, the cost of recital production, and the final in Studio Rehearsal. This fee provides one ticket, per family, for each show they are in. Additional tickets may be purchased for $21.00. The fee also includes a digital file to the annual Recital in June.


    Recreational Classes: $70.00/performing class.
    Competitive Classes : $80/performing class.

    We do our best not to exceed the initial costume fee.

    All costume fees must be paid with November tuition installment and are non-refundable as costumes will have been ordered and are not returnable. No costume will be ordered if the fee is not paid by this date.

    Private Lessons

    Please call / email The Studio to inquire about private lessons for your dancer.

    Dress Code


    All shoes/tights can be purchased at Bailey Slipper Shop. They are familiar with our list of shoes. Competitive Teams may be required to purchase additional/different shoes later in the season.

    Hair is to be worn in a neatly pulled back bun during all classes...thank you!
    All- BLACK leotard, sports bra or tight-fitting tank (TOTS may wear colored tutus!)

    Ages 2 - 5 - BLACK or PINK footed tights
    Ages 6 & up - BLACK convertible tights or spandex shorts (PINK tights/black leo always for ballet-may wear pink ballet tights for other classes as well- suggest convertible)

    Hip Hop: students may wear comfortable shorts/sweats but we ask that they adhere to our all black dress code.

    Creative Movement (Age 2) Shoes:
    Pink Ballet Slippers: Bloch Odette Pink

    Tots Combo Classes (Ages 3-5) Shoes:
    Pink Ballet Slippers: Bloch Odette Pink
    Baileys White Leatherette Tap Shoe

    Tap Shoes:
    Tap I-Tap III: Baileys White Leatherette Tap Shoe
    Tap Ages 10+: Bloch Tap-Flex (tan for recreational- team dancers may require black. Check with teacher)

    Jazz Shoes:
    Capezio "Slip On Jazz Shoe" (Style EJ2- caramel)

    Your own CLEAN sneaker for class. A purchase will be required later for class pictures/recital

    Musical Theatre:
    Barefoot or Capezio "Slip On Jazz Shoe" (Caramel) for class. A purchase will be required later for class pictures/recital

    Ballet Shoes:
    All Ages: Bloch Pro Odette Ballet Shoe - Pink (S0246)
    Competitive Teams (Mini Travel Team, Regional Team, Company will not perform for ballet - your preference for shoe)

    Contemporary and Acro:

    BLACK tank top or a form fitting tee-shirt / BLACK cotton jazz pants

    Tap Shoes:
    Ages 3 - 6: Boys leather (black- Style TA04)
    Ages 7 - Adult: Bloch Tap-Flex (black - Style TA04)

    Jazz Shoes:
    Capezio "Slip On Jazz Shoe" (Style EJ2- black)

    Your own CLEAN sneaker for class. A purchase will be required in November for class pictures/recital

    Ballet Shoes:
    All Ages: Bloch Pro-lite Split Sole ballet slipper (black-canvas)

    Contemporary and Acro:

    ***Please note: Team Students may require a different color/style shoe for performances***

    Competitive Teams

    Our Regional and National Teams are chosen through an audition process each season. Please call or email to inquire about auditions, or to discuss how to best prepare your dancer for a competition team in the future!